would have to pass #15 Brian Birkhofer twice to get it done, but the Illinois ace managed to get his first
win of the season at West Liberty Raceway on Saturday. (Mike Ruefer)
Last Lap Pass Nets West
Lib "May Daze" Win For Babb
|Shannon Babb after his big win at West Liberty
WEST LIBERTY, Ia. - April 30. The "Moweaqua Missile", Shannon Babb caught Brian Birkhofer going into turn one
on lap 49, dove underneath for the pass, and rocketed on for the win - his first of his own 2011
campaign - here at the Muscatine County Fairgrounds.
With good crowd on hand for "Coors Night" at West Liberty, Birkhofer jumped into the early lead from his front
row starting spot and led the first 25 laps before Babb moved his mount to the point and led up to lap 38, when
the last caution was waived for Matt Furman sitting on top of turn four.
Billy Moyer inside of #18 Shannon Babb and #15 Brian Birkhofer, but the Iowa-born
Arkansas veteran would have to settle for third in the end. (Mike Ruefer)
On the restart, Birkhofer regained the lead and motored ahead, but Babb kept him in sight kept and clawing and
digging until he eventually made the last lap pass for his first win of the season. A happy Shannon Babb said
in victory lane, "it feels so good to finally to get one."
Babb has indeed been close early on this year and as late as night one of the "May Daze" at Farley Speedway,
but he kept knocking at the door until finally kicking it in. The 20-year racing veteran was folowed
across the line by Birkhofer, Billy Moyer, Brian Shirley, and Justin Mitchell in fifth.
Chad Simpson races #56 Andy Eckrich before claiming sixth place at West
Lib. (Mike Ruefer)
Dan Schlieper alongside #32 Darren Miller before Schlieper moved on to a seventh
place showing at West Liberty. (Mike
April 30 - "May Daze" - West Liberty Raceway
1) Shannon Babb, 2) Brian Birkhofer, 3) Billy Moyer, 4) Brian
Shirley, 5) Justin Mitchell, 6) Chad Simpson, 7) Dan Schlieper, 8) Jeremiah Hurst, 9) Todd Frank,
10) Matt Furman, 11) Darren Miller, 12) Andy Eckrich, 13) Denny Eckrich, 14) Brian Harris, 15)
Billy Moyer, Jr., 16) Kevin Kile, 17) Jason Utter, 18) Kurt Kile, 19) Nick Marolf, 20) Tyler
Breuning, 21) Jay Johnson, 22) Dave Eckrich, 23) Justin Kay, 24) Chris Simpson
winners (29 entries): Mitchell,Denny Eckrich,Moyer; B-Main winner: Utter; Dash: Birkhofer.